Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology

MS in Environmental, Health & Safety Management

Overview

A Contemporary Program of Study

Management of environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes.

Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Today's professionals now need to be educated in all three areas.

The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management curriculum provides a solid foundation in both the technical and managerial aspects of developing, designing, and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. Program graduates have a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene). In addition, elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses and some electives.

The program was originally designed for professionals or those planning a career move into the EHS field. However, those with a BS degree who lack EHS work experience, but have completed the proper course work and are willing to complete a co-op, may also be eligible to complete the program.

Program Available Online!!

The program is available online with only one visit to campus for those who need a flexible learning environmental or through a combination of online and traditional classroom courses for those who want to attend the RIT campus. Fully online students pay a reduced tuition rate: See - Tuition.

Faculty

RIT's EHS faculty is comprised of highly experienced EHS professionals, ensuring that the curriculum is both relevant and practical.

Contacts

Todd Dunn, Associate Professor, Department Chair
(585) 475-2900, gtdite@rit.edu

Joseph Rosenbeck, CSP, Professor, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-6469, jmrcem@rit.edu  

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Semester Curriculum (2014/15)

The program consists of 33 credit hours and may be completed through online learning, which requires only one visit to the RIT campus for a three-day executive leader session, or via a combination of online and traditional courses in as little as 1.5 years of full-time study, or as little as 3 years of part-time study while working full-time. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701     Research Methods
3
GRCS-702     Graduate Writing Strategies
3
ESHS-720     EHS Management§
3
ESHS-740     EHS Management System Design
3
ESHS-755     Corporate Social Responsibility
3
ESHS-760     Integrating EHS Management
3
ESHS-780     EHS Management System Evaluation
    and Auditing
3
      Professional Electives
6
ESHS-788,
790
    Thesis Planning, Thesis
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Environmental, health and safety management (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence


Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701     Research Methods
3
GRCS-702     Graduate Writing Strategies
3
ESHS-720     EHS Management§
3
ESHS-740     EHS Management System Design
3
ESHS-755     Corporate Social Responsibility
3
ESHS-760     Integrating EHS Management
3
ESHS-780     EHS Management System Evaluation
    and Auditing
3
      Professional Electives
9
ESHS-797     Graduate Project
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Environmental, health and safety management (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence


Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701     Research Methods
3
GRCS-702     Graduate Writing Strategies
3
ESHS-720     EHS Management§
3
ESHS-740     EHS Management System Design
3
ESHS-755     Corporate Social Responsibility
3
ESHS-760     Integrating EHS Management
3
ESHS-780     EHS Management System Evaluation
    and Auditing
3
      Professional Electives
12
ESHS-795     Comprehensive Exam
0
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

§- Online course with three day on-campus executive leader session.

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